Saturday 19th April 2014,

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Minecraft Helps Swedish Students Study Planning

By Amelia Hunter

Minecraft is a nice game to kill time, create maps and even… study. Students in Stockholm’s Viktor Rydberg school now use Minecraft to study urban planning and learn more about the environment.

They learn about city planning, environmental issues, getting things done and even how to plan for the future,” said Monica Ekman, a teacher at the Viktor Rydberg school.

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Not so long ago the school took part in a nationwide competition called “Future City” that involved showing plans to improve the cities of the future. They used Minecraft in their projects, and after the contest was over, continued using the game in their studies. Now about 180 students play the game in class, and teachers believe it’s a good and easy way to learn.

We think it’s a fun way of learning, and it’s nice for the students to achieve something,” Ekman said.

This is not the first time games are used in schools and colleges. For example, in the University of Florida there’s a course called “21st Century Skills in StarCraft” where students play the StarCraft game and analyze it. Besides, in Houston’s Rice University students play Skyrim (!), and it helps them study the Norse mythology and its influence on contemporary art.

Too bad we didn’t have such classes when I was a student…

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Amelia Hunter has worked as a journalist for about 4 years and covered tech-related news for a number of newspapers and magazines both paper and online. Not so long ago she decided to start her own online magazine together with a friend, and here’s what came out of it. Other than writing about the latest technologies, Amelia loves reading, fencing and playing PC games. Her favorite manufacturer is Samsung and her favorite movie is “Mr. Nobody”. She also thinks that “Der Golem” by Gustav Meyrink is one of the best books in the world, and “The Witcher 1,2” and “Dragon Age 1,2” are among the best games ever.

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